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Genki English Newsletter June 2005

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1. Review Games
2. New game: What's your favourite ... ?
3. Summer Theme: Under the Sea
4. Farmstays & Air Tickets
5. Summer Workshops
6. Make Poverty History lesson plans
7. And Finally...


It's getting hotter now and coming up to the Summer break, so for a couple of end of year review lessons, have a look at:

Jeopardy: http://genkienglish.net/Jeopardy.htm
Around the World: http://genkienglish.net/atw.htm
Or the Stopwatch Game ( try the "Double Stopwatch" variation at the bottom of the page ) http://genkienglish.net/stopwatch.htm

This month's game: What's your favourite ...?

This is a great game to go with the new "What's your favourite ... ?" theme: ( http://genkienglish.net/favourite.htm )

1. Choose one "What's your favourite ... ?" question, e.g. comic book, cartoon, movie, food or sport etc.
2. On two small pieces of paper each child writes down their answer to the question. If you don't teach writing then get the kids to write it in Japanese.
3. The teacher collects all the bits of paper and then deals them out at random, one per child.
4. The kids look at the paper they've been given and read what's written but can't show anyone else!
5. When the teacher says "Go!" the kids go round asking as many people as they can "What's your favourite ..?" + whatever topic you have chosen.
6. If the other kid answers with the answer they have on their piece of paper, they win! The kids who answered writes their name on the back of the paper and the kid who asked the question goes and asks for another one from the teacher.
7. Keep going and see who has the most pieces of paper at the end!

This is a bit tougher than some other games, so it's probably best from 4th grade upwards. But it also works well with older kids and adults!

The Mushi Battle Game from last month's newsletter is now up on the site with Japanese instructions ( http://genkienglish.net/mushibattle.htm ) , and I've also just updated the Japanese version of "The Balloon Game" ( http://genkienglish.net/balloon.htm ) , which is a really great game to go with the new Food Theme! ( http://genkienglish.net/food.htm )

And I've also put up a page of games that are suitable for small groups ( http://genkienglish.net/smallgroups.htm )

Summer Theme: Under the sea

Last week in Nagoya the teachers were asking for a Summer Theme. It sort of went off the tracks a bit and ended up as an "Under the Sea" type theme, but I'm hoping to have it produced and up on the CD Owners Club ( http://genkienglish.net/members.htm ) of the website by next week. So check back then to have a look!

The target sentence will be "What can you see?" and the answers will be "I can see a ... whale, shark, squid, jelly fish, - crab, sea horse, dolphin, star fish". But the song hasn't been recorded yet, so if you have any feedback then please get in touch!

If you have any requests for new themes you'd like to see on the site, then please let me know. With the CD Owners Club ( http://genkienglish.net/members.htm ) I can put more resources into materials that you want, and you'll be able to download them for free as soon as I get them done, just like with the Halloween and Easter themes.

Summer Workshops

If you want to invite me to your town for a full day workshop ( where I can go through all the songs and games on the site), I've just re-done the workshops page of the website. The workshops are free for Elementary School teachers or JET programme ALTs, and there's now a special rate for all other teachers. Full details are at: http://genkienglish.net/workshop.htm

Or if you don't fancy organising your own workshop, how about attending one of these!

Tokyo July 2nd ( This presentation is now fully booked. There is still standing room available, but no seats),
Fukuoka (July 3rd - getting full),
Okayama (July 16th),
Kagoshima (Kids Show and Teaching Workshop, July 23rd),
Nagoya (July 31st),
Okinawa ( YEAH! My first time there!, August 6th)

Plus I'll also be having workshops in Tokushima ( Aug 9th), Kagawa ( Aug 11th) and Oita ( August 25th) for elementary school teachers in those prefectures. Details are on the website! http://genkienglish.net/oxford.htm
Many of them are free, or require only a small fee, so please come along and join in!

Make Poverty History Lesson Plans

I'm sure most of you have heard about the Make Poverty History campaign that is being timed with this year's G8 Summit. There are now also a whole load of lesson plans and teaching materials on the www.makepovertyhistory.org website at http://www.makepovertyhistory.org/schools/resources.shtml . It's not just English we teach.

And Finally...

Keep checking back on the site over the next few weeks as I have a whole load of new things ready to go up on the site. First of all there's the new Summer Theme above, I'm also working on printable versions of the songs and games, with everything on one simple A4 piece of paper. Plus there'll be black and white "colour in" versions of the minicards ( http://genkienglish.net/minicards.htm ) and a whole new Oyako Eigo section for parents to learn English to use with their kids! I'm also working on a new idea for the dreaded 6th graders ....

So with travelling all around the country and all this to produce I'm going to be very busy over the next few weeks, but I'll still be answering your emails ( and putting the most popular ones on the site at http://genkienglish.net/questions.htm ) and helping out as much as I can!

Oh, and I've also put up an American English version of the Phonics Vowel games ( http://genkienglish.net/phonics.htm ), check out my blog ( http://genkienglish.net/richardsdiary.htm ) for what else is new!

Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities

"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
- Chinese Proverb "

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